Posts Categorized: Grasslands

Black-footed ferret, © Kylie Paul/Defenders of Wildlife

Black-footed Ferrets in the Centennial State »

Progress for the endangered black-footed ferret has been slow, with several setbacks along the way. But in the Centennial State, biologists, agency officials, landowners and nonprofits like Defenders are working together to forge a future for these imperiled animals.

Sage-Grouse on Lek, © Diana LeVasseur

Sage-Grouse in the Crosshairs »

This month, legislation was introduced in the House and the Senate, euphemistically named “Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act,” that would muck up the listing process for sage-grouse by allowing states to bar the federal government from even considering the species for protection for at least 10 years.

Cattle, © USDA

On “Mutually Insured Destruction” »

Defenders’ recently-released report “Mutually Insured Destruction: How Unchecked Crop Insurance Subsidies Harm the Environment” lays out the true cost of crop insurance subsidies. Here’s what you should know about how the Farm Bill could impact food, land and wildlife.

Sage-grouse, © Jean Bjerke

Flagging Fences For Grouse »

Defenders partnered with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and a willing and helpful rancher who was pleased to have our assistance in marking his fences for sage-grouse. Along with NRCS’s sage-grouse expert Bruce Waage and local NRCS district conservationist Lorna Philp, Defenders staff Mark Salvo and Kylie Paul, and intrepid volunteer Ben Donatelle, walked numerous miles of snow-drifted fences along the rancher’s property, which is located near a sage-grouse lek (a crucial breeding ground that the birds return to year after year).